September's plant of the month at suburban-garden is Aster

peduncularis, a remarkable little plant from the Himalayas, that is easy

to grow even in dry shade.

Quick facts


Aster peduncularis, otherwise known as Aster asperulus, is unusual in that its tough-looking, deep-green leaves are covered in light hairs. This simply magnifies the finely-petalled violet-blue daisy flowers growing above the strong stems that provide an attractive magnet to pollinators.


Although this aster prefers being planted in full sun, it can cope with all forms of shade except dry shade without being prone to mildew. This plant is incredibly useful to grow in all conditions as long as it does not get waterlogged. Aster peduncularis is difficult to propagate either by division or cuttings and will also die back in the autumn after flowering.


For me asters mark the coming of autumn (although you can also get spring-flowering asters as well) and they add some colour to gardens as the summer flowers begin to fade. Aster peduncularis is special because of its versatility and those petal-perfect Michaelmas daisies.


Family: Asteraceae

Average height: up to 60cm

Average spread: up to 40cm

Flowers between: Aug - Sep

Soil type: ordinary

Sun/shade: sun

Hardiness: fully hardy



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